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Productivity / Performance

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Counseling, all by itself, isn’t an adverse action

07/14/2018
Do you use some form of counseling or peer review to help employees improve their performance? If so, make sure it isn’t tied directly to punishment such as demotion or termination.

Outrage about news could be hurting the bottom line

07/10/2018
Controversial news, such as the recent uproar over immigration policy, could cost employers $832.5 million for every 19.2 minutes workers spend discussing and reading about it at work, according to calculations by Challenger, Gray & Christmas.

Entrepreneurial spirit: How managers can inspire their youngest employees to think like leaders

06/22/2018
Here are some simple ways you can inspire employees to embrace their roles and think more like leaders regardless of their level of experience or responsibilities.

How to shift from managing performance to developing it

05/25/2018
In the current workforce—where talent is in shorter supply, and the nature of work has undergone significant changes—organizations must focus on developing people, rather than rating them. This requires a shift to performance development.

Patience and good records beat frivolous lawsuits

05/22/2018
Some poor performers don’t view their prob­­lems the same way supervisors do. They often fight back with frivolous lawsuits. Be prepared for those legal salvos by constantly maintaining documentation of employee performance.

Past good reviews may sink ADA/FMLA defense

05/22/2018
When an employee who has received excellent reviews asks for a disability accommodation, firing her for poor performance is bound to backfire.

5 signs employees are ready to bolt

05/17/2018
People rarely leave their jobs unannounced. They may not use words, but in one way or another, they typically signal their intention to leave. Watch for these key indicators—and then be ready to sit down with the employee to discuss future work plans.

Willingness to go above & beyond hits all-time low

05/01/2018
Employee performance and effort are now at the lowest levels seen since 2010, according to surveys conducted by the Gartner business research firm.

Snapshot: Give yourself a break!

04/24/2018
Taking a break from work every 90 minutes produces measurable gains.

Documented facts, not mere allegations, are what it takes to win cases

04/03/2018
Employers that take the time to document poor performance with solid, objective facts rarely lose discrimination cases. That’s because being able to explain exactly why you had to terminate a worker for poor performance tends to show that discrimination probably wasn’t a factor.
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